PSC chairman Butch Ramirez

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will start crafting policies and implement stricter guidelines on granting financial assistance to National Sports Associations (NSAs) in light of the recent controversy involving the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) and pole vaulter EJ Obiena.

In a statement Wednesday, PSC chairman Butch Ramirez said the government sports agency now requires NSAs to submit a disciplinary code or protocol in case problems similar to the Patafa-Obiena case arise in the future.

The PSC will also be requiring the NSAs to include the policy on arbitration within their by-laws as mandated under Republic Act 11232.

“Failure to comply with these two policies by the end of the month shall constrain the PSC Board to review and reconsider granting of assistance to all non-complying NSAs,” the statement read.

Patafa and Obiena have been at the center of controversy after the association accused the Tokyo Olympian of misappropriating funds intended for his Ukrainian coach Vitaly Petrov.

Under normal circumstances, the PSC disburses the funds to the NSAs, which will then be in charge of budgeting and liquidating the expenses of the athletes.

But there are some cases where PSC gives the funds directly to the athletes.

An example of which is the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) and elite triathlete Kim Mangrobang.

TRAP president Tom Carrasco said the disbursement of funds intended for Mangrobang while she was training in Portugal was a combination of both directly from the PSC and from TRAP.

“There was a time that TRAP was still settling unliquidated funds, so we requested the PSC to give the funds directly to Kim so that her training abroad would not be disrupted,” said Carrasco, adding that it was a crucial stage for Mangrobang as she was trying to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics at that time.

Carrasco said the association was helping Mangrobang liquidate to avoid problems in the future.

Source: Manila Bulletin (